Outpatient rotation

Located at United Family Physicians Clinic

Length: Four weeks, or call to negotiate length of rotation
Hospital: United Family Physicians Clinic
Offered: Call for schedule availability
Limit: One student per session
Course Director: Joel Giffin, DO 
Contact: Robert Root 651-241-1001 or Robert.Root@allina.com

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United Family Physicians Clinic

This experience is intended for students interested in Family Medicine as a career, or for medical students seeking exposure to broad-spectrum outpatient patient care. The medical student will participate in outpatient care at the United Family Physicians Clinic under the supervision of the faculty and residents of the Family Medicine Residency Program. Educational components will include direct patient care, daily noon conference, and group discussions. Educational components may include community experiences such as Face to Face Teen Pregnancy Clinic, Nursing Home rounds and home visits.

Goals and objectives

This elective provides opportunities for students to participate in outpatient service care.

Upon completion in the care of the outpatient, the medical student will be able to:

  • Take a history, perform the physical exam, and interpret and integrate lab results in the care of the outpatient.
  • Identify patient problems, develop a differential diagnosis, and formulate a management plan.
  • Write/dictate office visits.
  • Understand the role of the Family Physician in coordination of care in the outpatient setting, collaboration with consultants other medical professionals, and utilizations of supportive services in the care of patients in an ambulatory setting.
  • Understand factors that determine the appropriate setting of care, and understand alternatives to acute inpatient care.
  • Appreciate the multidisciplinary nature of outpatient care, the clinic, and the importance of working with the many members of the health care team.
  • Understand how the complexity of psychosocial factors of the patient impacts care processes.
  • Understand and demonstrate how to use point of care resources for self-directed learning applied to patient care.
  • Understand the importance of peer education in the care of patients and participate in those efforts.


Formative feedback about performance will be provided by the faculty and Chief Resident. Final summative evaluations are completed at the end of the rotation based on composite feedback from faculty and residents.


Students should contact the residency program at least four months prior to the start of the requested rotation period.

Other information

  • Hospital parking provided to medical student.
  • Medical student to wear medical school identification/name tag while on rotation.
  • Medical student to wear lab coat while on rotation at United Hospital.